Be More Chill 2019

Run Time:
Two hours and 35 minutes, with one intermission
Ages: 12+
Opened: March 10, 2019
Closing: August 11, 2019

Be More Chill - 2019 - Broadway History , Info & More

Lyceum Theatre (Broadway)
149 W. 45th St. New York, NY 10036

BEING A LOSER HAS NEVER BEEN SO COOL.

Broadway's new musical sensation is BE MORE CHILL. It's already "one of the most popular new musicals in America," raves The New York Times. And The Wall Street Journal cheers, "It's going to hit big - and deservedly so!" Discover this hilariously honest show for yourself, featuring an electric, ear-worm filled score by "one of Broadway's next great songwriters" (Billboard).

What if popularity came in a pill? Would you take it, no questions asked? In BE MORE CHILL, achieving the "perfect life" is now possible thanks to some mysterious new technology - but it comes at a cost that's not as easy to swallow. What could possibly go wrong? Blending the contemporary with retro sci-fi, this thrillingly exciting, comically subversive, and deeply felt new musical takes on the competing voices in all of our heads. And ultimately proves, there's never been a better time in history to be yourself - especially if you're a loser... geek... or whatever.


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'Be More Chill': Theater Review
7 / 10

Be More Chill doesn't benefit from a repeat viewing for anyone who's already gone through adolescence. Iconis' pop/rock score, augmented for its Broadway debut with an additional, inconsequential song, 'Sync Up,' is catchy enough. It features some fun, upbeat numbers, including the title tune and 'Upgrade,' while another, 'Michael in the Bathroom,' is a terrific showcase for Salazar, who gets a huge ovation when he first walks onstage, signifying how familiar many audience members already are with the show.

‘Be More Chill’ found an audience online. But in a Broadway theater, it lost me.
4 / 10

I couldn't be less chill, not after sitting through the insipid 'Be More Chill' for the second time. I saw it last year off-Broadway, a perch on which it landed by virtue of the mad crush many young folk developed for a cast recording that streamed online long before a New York engagement was ever in the works. It is, in that sense, the first musical to click its way onto Broadway, where it had its official opening at the Lyceum Theatre on Sunday. And, boy, were my misgivings from my initial encounter confirmed. 'Be More Shrill' would be a better title for director Stephen Brackett's heinously overamplified and overacted production, built on the story of a nerd played by the intrepid Will Roland, who takes a magic pill to become popular with the high school 'in' crowd.

BWW Flashback: BE MORE CHILL Plays Final Broadway Performance
by Nicole Rosky - August 11, 2019


As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Be More Chill will play its final Broadway performance today, August 11th following 30 previews and 177 performances.

VIDEO: Andrew Keenan-Bolger Performs at BE MORE CHILL's Post-Show Hang
by Linnae Medeiros - August 2, 2019


We're getting an upgrade thanks to Andrew Keenan-Bolger's performance at Be More Chill's final post-show hang! Check out the video to see the Broadway favorite sing 'Blue Hair' alongside the show's Tony-nominated composer Joe Iconis!

BE MORE CHILL Cast Recording Two Disc CD Set Available Now
by Julie Musbach - July 19, 2019


The Be More Chill: Original Broadway Cast Recording two-disc CD set is available online and in stores today, Friday, July 19. It was released for digital download and streaming earlier this year, with a vinyl release planned for later this year.

BE MORE CHILL Original Broadway Cast Recording Two Disc CD Set is Now Available For Pre-Order
by Stephi Wild - July 10, 2019


Be More Chill: Original Broadway Cast Recording is now available for CD pre-order and the two-disc set will be released online and in stores on Friday, July 19.

VIDEO: BE MORE CHILL Performs at NPR's Tiny Desk
by Stephi Wild - July 1, 2019


Cast members from Be More Chill recently stopped by NPR's Tiny Desk for a performance! The cast performed the songs 'The Pants Song,' 'A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into,' 'Michael in the Bathroom,' and 'Voices in My Head.'

TV: Alysha Umphress Takes the Stage at BE MORE CHILL for Post-Show Hang
by Nicole Rosky - June 27, 2019


Last night, June 26, following the performance of Be More Chill, Alysha Umphress (On the Town, Smokey Joe's Cafe) joined composer Joe Iconis on stage for a performance of his song 'Do You Wanna Ride?' Watch the performance below!

VIDEO: Lolo (Lauren Pritchard) and Gerard Canonico Sing 'Anymore' by Joe Iconis at BE MORE CHILL's Post-Show Hang
by Stephi Wild - June 20, 2019


Last night, June 19, following the performance of Be More Chill, Lolo (Lauren Pritchard) joined Gerard Canonico on stage for a performance of Joe Iconis' song 'Anymore.' The pair previously starred in Spring Awakening together.

BE MORE CHILL Celebrates A Milestone For Asian Representation On Stage!
by A.A. Cristi - June 13, 2019


Tonight, the Broadway company of Be More Chill will celebrate an exciting step forward in the quest for diversity on stage, as four actors of Asian descent portray four principal roles in the show for the first time ever.

VIDEO: Alice Ripley Sings 'If You Like It' By Joe Iconis at BE MORE CHILL's Post-Show Hang!
by Stephi Wild - June 13, 2019


Last night, Alice Ripley took the stage after the curtain call of Be More Chill, to sing a song from the show's composer, Joe Iconis. Watch her sing 'If You Like It' below!

Breaking: BE MORE CHILL Announces Summer Closing Date; Joe Iconis Performs At Tonight's Curtain Call
by Alan Henry - June 20, 2019


Joe Iconis announced following tonight's performance of Be More Chill from the stage that the Broadway production of the social media phenomenon musical will close on August 11th following 30 previews and 177 performances

Joe Iconis Responds to Tony Awards 'Michael In The Bathroom' Parody
by Alan Henry - June 10, 2019


BE MORE CHILL composer Joe Iconis took to twitter to share his appreciation for the Michael in the Bathroom performance on the Tony Awards last night, which caught him by surprise. 

BWW Exclusive: The BE MORE CHILL Cast Sings 3 Cut Songs At The Post-Show Hang
by A.A. Cristi - June 5, 2019


Tonight, the cast of Be More Chill stuck around after the show to 'hang' with composer Joe Iconis and treat the crowd to not one, but three songs that were cut from the show!

Photo Coverage: BE MORE CHILL Celebrates 100 Performances On Broadway
by Jennifer Broski - June 5, 2019


The social media sensation Be More Chill celebrated 100 Broadway performances at the Lyceum Theatre today!

Alice Ripley, Krysta Rodriguez, And More To Join BE MORE CHILL Post Show Hang Series
by A.A. Cristi - June 4, 2019


Today, Be More Chill announced the special guests for "The Post Show Hang," a special Wednesday evening encore series through July 31st.

BWW Exclusive: STRANGER THINGS Star Gaten Matarazzo Hits The Stage At BE MORE CHILL
by A.A. Cristi - May 29, 2019


Stranger Things star and Broadway kid Gaten Matarazzo hit the stage at Be More Chill tonight for a post-show performance of 'More Than Survive' with composer Joe Iconis and some of the cast!

STRANGER THINGS Star Gaten Matarazzo to Join BE MORE CHILL's 'Post Show Hang'
by Julie Musbach - May 28, 2019


Today, the producers of Be More Chill announced the launch of "The Post Show Hang," a special Wednesday evening post-show encore series, that will include a performance tomorrow, Wednesday, May 29, with Gaten Matarazzo("Stranger Things"). Tony Award nominee Joe Iconis will accompany an exciting lineup of actors as they each perform a song from the Tony Award-nominated score of Be More Chill. Additional actors will be announced at a later date.

Be More Chill Celebrates Journey to Broadway with Special Ticket Offer
by Julie Musbach - May 23, 2019


To celebrate four years since the musical's world premiere and an unparalleled journey to the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway, the producers of the new musical sensation Be More Chill today announced special ticket prices available to fans for a limited time only.

BWW Exclusive: Taylor Trensch Visits BE MORE CHILL For A Post-Show Performance With Joe Iconis
by A.A. Cristi - May 22, 2019


Taylor Trensch (Dear Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly!) dropped by Be More Chill tonight for a curtain call surprise. Taking the stage with composer, Joe Iconis, Trensch (who played the role of Jeremy in the first reading of the show) performed the song, 'A Guy That I'd Kinda Be Into.'

VIDEO: BE MORE CHILL Cast Sings Mashup Of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Curtain Call
by Stephi Wild - May 16, 2019


After last night's performance of Be More Chill, the show's composer Joe Iconis took to the stage. He talked about his love for the musical LIttle Shop of Horrors, before bringing back out some members of the cast to do a mashup of that show, with Be More Chill.

VIDEO: George Salazar Performs 'Michael in the Bathroom' From BE MORE CHILL on LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN
by Kaitlin Milligan - May 15, 2019


On Wednesday's 'Broadway Week' episode of 'Live with Kelly and Ryan,' George Salazar performs "Michael in the Bathroom" from the viral musical sensation "Be More Chill."

BE MORE CHILL Original Broadway Cast Recording is Available Today
by Stephi Wild - May 3, 2019


Be More Chill: Original Broadway Cast Recording is available for digital download and streaming today, Friday, May 3. This new album completes a remarkable full-circle journey for Be More Chill, as the original recording from Ghostlight - which has now been streamed over 300 million times to date - helped propel the show from Two River Theater to a viral Broadway hit. Be More Chill was nominated for a 2019 Tony Award for "Best Original Score." CD and vinyl releases are planned for later this year. The album is produced by Kurt Deutsch, Joe Iconis, and Charlie Rosen, and co-produced by Ian Kagey and Emily Marshall. To download or stream the album, please visit ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/bemorechillbroadway

BE MORE CHILL's Gerard Canonico Takes Over Instagram Tomorrow!
by Linnae Medeiros - May 3, 2019


C-c-c'mon c-c-c'mon, we're getting an upgrade this weekend because Be More Chill's very own Rich, Gerard Canonico, is taking over BroadwayWorld's Instagram Story tomorrow, May 4th! So get your Mountain Dew ready and be sure to tune in throughout the day to get a peek into a two-show day at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre!

Be More Chill History

Other Productions of Be More Chill

2018   Off-Broadway New York Premiere at Signature Center
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2019   Broadway Original Broadway Production
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2021   West End West End Premiere
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Be More Chill - 2019 Broadway Awards and Nominations

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Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2019 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical Bobby Frederick Tilly II
2019 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical George Salazar
2019 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Stephanie Hsu
2019 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Lyrics Joe Iconis
2019 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Music Joe Iconis
2019 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Musical Be More Chill
2019 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Orchestrations Charlie Rosen
2019 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Orchestrations Charlie Rosen
2019 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Projection Design Alex Basco Koch
2019 Drama League Awards Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical Be More Chill
2019 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical George Salazar
2019 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding New Broadway Musical Be More Chill
2019 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding New Score Joe Iconis
2019 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Projection Design Alex Basco Koch
2019 Tony Awards Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Joe Iconis

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